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Former California policeman pleads no contest in baseball bat beating

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:56
By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former Northern California police officer pleaded no contest Monday to assault and vandalism for beating a woman with a baseball bat while off duty, officials said. Prosecutors said Gregory Thompson, 53, wore a mask in the attack, which took place outside of a home owned by a relative. The officer, who retired last week from the Walnut Creek Police Department near San Francisco, faces up to five years and eight months in prison in the attack, Contra Costa County deputy district attorney Barry Grove said. ...

Obama on Ray Rice video: A 'real man' doesn't hit a woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:54

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question at a press conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, WalesSpeaking out against domestic violence in the wake of a video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator, President Barack Obama said on Monday that "hitting a woman is not something a real man does." “The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. "Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors," the White House statement added, saying that stopping domestic violence "is something that’s bigger than football." The Ravens released Rice on Monday after the video, published on the website TMZ, showed him punching Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, and her falling face down on the elevator floor.

Cars engulfed as rain sets record for Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:52

Cars are underwater at 43rd Ave. and I-10 in the westbound lanes in Phoenix, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, after record-setting rainfall caused massive flooding throughout the Valley. Heavy storms pounded the Phoenix area early Monday, flooding major freeways, prompting several water rescues and setting an all-time single-day record for rainfall in the desert city. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT - NO MAGS- NO SALES - MANDATORY CREDITPHOENIX (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Phoenix with record rainfall for a single day, turning freeways into small lakes and sending rescuers scrambling to get drivers out of inundated cars.

Expert: Over 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 12,000 foreigners from 74 countries have gone to fight with rebels in Syria, 60 to 70 percent from other Middle Eastern countries and about 20 to 25 percent from Western nations, a leading expert on terrorism said Monday.

Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:46

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his official portrait after it was unveiled at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The photograph-like giant image of the former governor was done by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein and will hang on the third floor of the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal.

Missouri, Texas plan executions Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:26
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two of the nation's most active death penalty states are planning executions Wednesday, even as attorneys for the condemned men try to save them.

Two women in their 90s marry in Iowa, seven decades after meeting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:25
(Reuters) - Two Iowa women in their 90s celebrated seven decades they have spent together as a couple by getting married over the weekend in a small ceremony. Vivian Boyack, 91, and "Nonie" Dubes, 90, exchanged vows at the First Christian Church in Davenport on Saturday. The couple then enjoyed a reception dinner with close friends and relatives, many of whom had been prodding them to marry since gay marriage became legal in Iowa in 2009. "I felt like I was in a dream and that I would wake up and it was not going to be true," Boyack said.

Firefighter injured during Fox Chase blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:22

Firefighter injured during Fox Chase blazeA firefighter suffered smoke inhalation battling a blaze in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia.

Training on tap for NY officers after chokehold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:17
NEW YORK (AP) — New York police officers will get three days of annual training on how to properly use force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer, Commissioner William Bratton said Monday.

Officer fires gun to quell West Philadelphia fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:15

Officer fires gun to quell West Philadelphia fightPolice say it took a warning shot from an officer's gun to quell a violent altercation between two men in West Philadelphia.

U.S. report rips Boeing, Raytheon quality controls on missile defense

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:13
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's internal watchdog on Monday said it found numerous quality control problems during an investigation of the troubled "kill vehicle", or warhead, built by Raytheon Co for the Boeing Co-led U.S. In the report, the Pentagon's inspector general said quality standards were not met in 48 specific cases, involving issues that ranged from software testing, supply chain requirements and management of design changes that made the kill vehicle "suspectible to quality assurance failures." It said the U.S.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:08
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Pilot killed at air show where 11 died in 2011

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:07
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A pilot died in a plane crash Monday while attempting to qualify for the Reno National Championship Air Races, the same event where a wreck in 2011 killed a pilot and 10 spectators on the ground.

Lawyer: DNA evidence links inmate to 1976 killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:04

Cathy Woods, right, who has been imprisoned for more than 30 years, smiles with her lawyers in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. on Sept. 8, 2014, where she was granted a new trial based on recently evaluated DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTRENO, Nev. (AP) — A woman who has been in prison for more than 30 years for a Nevada killing was granted a new trial Monday based on recently discovered DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California.

Search resumes for mountain lion that attacked boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:03
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in Northern California will resume searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

California school slaying suspect indicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:56
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing seven people at a small Northern California Christian college.

Court hears arguments over gay marriage's impact

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:52

In this Aug. 27, 2014 photo, Tara Newberry, second from left, reads to son Evan Newberry as Tara's partner Adele Newberry reads to their daughter Emily Newberry at their home in Las Vegas. The couple are plaintiffs in a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Nevada's gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/John Locher)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco waded again into the debate over the constitutionality of gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides arguing over whether legalizing it would harm children.

City to become first in Mississippi to grant same-sex spouse benefits: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:47
The Mississippi city of Starkville will become the first in the right-leaning state to extend benefits to same-sex partners of its employees, according to local media reports. Starkville, a city of 24,000 residents that is home to Mississippi State University, in January became the first Mississippi city to adopt a resolution affirming the value of all citizens, in response to a state religious freedom bill - now a law - that critics say legalizes discrimination against gays and others. The benefits extended to same-sex spouses of Starkville city workers, announced on Friday, include health insurance, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based gay rights group, as saying. Mississippi is among 31 U.S.

Judge refuses to dismiss newspaper lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:45

FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News newspaper boxes await customers, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge will consider a request Monda, Sept. 8, 2014, from Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers to dismiss a lawsuit challenging their joint-operating agreement. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups will hear arguments Monday but it's unclear when he will rule on the issue. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a joint-operating agreement between Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers will proceed after a federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss the case.

University of Miami's Donna Shalala, former Clinton official, to step down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:22
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - University of Miami President Donna Shalala, a former Clinton administration official who was considered a major catch by the school when she joined in 2001, said on Monday she plans to step down at the end of the academic year. Shalala, 73, took over at Miami's top private university after serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under President Bill Clinton, longer than any other person has held the post. While the announcement came as a surprise, Shalala said she felt she had accomplished her mission of securing Miami's place "as the next great American research university," according to a statement on the university's website.